One of the biggest posts on Reddit’s biggest cannabis legalization group, r/trees, is a report on how Jeff Sessions has turned his back on the federal government’s promise to respect the choices of the different states when it comes to cannabis legalization.
Sessions is seeking to undo a policy — the Cole Memorandum — set by Former President Barack Obama’s administration allowing states to decide on whether to make marijuana legal or keep it illegal, as well as on how to go about regulating cannabis. Sessions instead wants federal authorities to enforce federal cannabis laws, regardless of whether it’s in a legalized state or not.
With federal law trumping state law, this move could mean that Colorado, California, and other places with legal weed might need to shut down the very lucrative industry in their own states.
The thread is actually about mobilizing people to take matters into their own hands, with the hope that people would not vote for Session’s party.
The post also suggests other alternatives on how you can make your displeasure heard, such as:
- Calling, e-mailing and contacting your representatives and letting them know just how you feel. You can find out who to call and how to get in touch with them, you can check this Web site. https://whoismyrepresentative.com/
- You can also donate some funds to the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws or the Marijuana Policy Project. These organizations are pushing to legalize marijuana, funding lobbyists and educating people about marijuana and the laws behind it.
- Further, you can see how you can help with the Law Enforcement Action Partnership, which favors changing the criminal justice system to make it more lax on cannabis.
Taking away legal cannabis: How people reacted
What’s more interesting is how most people viewed Sessions. User drawkbox called Sessions a dumbass, reasoning that he’s out of touch. With more that 64% of American favoring the legalization of cannabis, drawkbox thinks that sessions is on the wrong side of history and is a horrible person.
User BeepBeeepBeepBeep lamented that most Americans have their priorities wrong. If Sessions had made a move to regulate gun ownership, a lot more Americans would shout in uproar, but not so with cannabis prohibition. BeepBeeepBeepBeep also said that the move is an affront to personal freedom. A lot of people commenting on this thread also lamented that states rights and personal rights are not respected.
Another user, ColinFox writes that them Canadians are legalizing cannabis within 2018, while idiots in the US government are seeking to shut it down. ColinFox added, “How f*cking dumb is this keebler-elf looking motherf*cker?”
While most people are bashing Sessions, one user, Daxelkurtz, takes on a totally different tack. Daxelkurtz wrote the most upvoted comment and has this to say:
Lawyer here. I don’t smoke, but I am very pro-legalization. (Come on, Maine! So close!)
This is pretty terrible. And I think it does betray deep hypocrisy. As well as wrongheadedness, bad science, and a total failure to prioritize the things that matter.
I do have to hope, however, that this will be the tipping point to bring about FEDERAL LEGALIZATION.
This is my real hope:
Act 1: Jeff Sessions cracks down on states rights.
Act 2: The US Congress finally has to STEP UP. It might not be complete legalization. But anything that allows states to ‘go their own way’ will be HUGE.
Act 3: Jeff Sessions does a victory lap saying “I did my duty to enforce the law, now I’ll enforce the new law.” Which is really annoying but I will get over it.
Act 4: Trump says “I masterminded this strategy, hurrah state’s rights!” Which is really annoying but I will get over it.
Act 5: Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) says “I am so BAKED right now.” And he will be. He will be crazy, crazy baked.
Act 6: The good work of legalization continues at the state level, but with far fewer impediments (access to weed for research! weed shops have access to banking! fewer people losing financial aid! FEWER BROTHERS IN JAIL!)
Act 7: I continue not to smoke because I’m boring as fuck. But I get a mad contact high off of progress and democracy.
The only way this works is if people get off their asses and do something. Call your congressperson. Call your state and local representatives. Give five bucks to NORML – or just sign up for their email blast and read their suggestions on how to help.
This might be a setback. But it could also be THE TIPPING POINT. Come on, people. We are close. We are so, so close.
EDIT: Act 8: Thanks for the gold!!!